Assistant Professor in French specializing in Francophone Africa

At the University of Dayton, we are looking for new faculty whose passion aligns with our mission. If you are interested in:

  • a focus on meaningful research that advances the common good,
  • exploration and implementation of innovative teaching approaches,
  • shaping the next generation of individuals who are interested in African Studies and French and Francophone language and cultures, and
  • engagement in impactful service opportunities,


In Fall 2023, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Global Languages and Cultures will welcome a tenure-track faculty member as part of the Africana Studies cluster. This position will join faculty in the departments of English, history, global languages and cultures, philosophy, and religious studies who focus on Africana Studies. The person hired to this position will conduct scholarship, teach existing courses, develop new courses for the Africana Studies minor, and help shape the new major. This person will have an affiliation with the Race and Ethnic Studies program and may also contribute to other interdisciplinary programs.

The Department of Global Languages and Cultures offers instruction in eight languages as well as majors and minors in French, German and Spanish, and minors in Italian, Arabic and Chinese. The department currently has eight tenure-line faculty and six lecturers. For more information about the Department, please visit

We are seeking one tenure-track assistant professor in French or a related field, with a specialization in Francophone Africa and/or the Francophone African Diaspora/the Caribbean. We seek a teacher-scholar prepared to contribute to the growth and development of the French program as well as the Africana Studies minor in the Race and Ethnic Studies program. Responsibilities include maintaining an active agenda of research and scholarship leading to publication; teaching three courses per semester, including French language and culture courses and interdisciplinary Francophone African Studies courses at all undergraduate levels; and contributing to the department, university, and profession through service.

At the University of Dayton, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage all candidates to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

  • ABD nearing completion in French, Francophone Studies, or a related field or a foreign equivalent degree
  • Promise of excellence in:
    • research in the field of French or Francophone Studies, with an emphasis on Francophone Africa
    • teaching and developing courses and programming in French language and Francophone African literatures and cultures at the college level
  • Experience as instructor of record in teaching French language courses
  • Written fluency in English and French
  • Candidates who meet the above qualifications must also demonstrate oral fluency, which will be assessed during the initial interview.

Application Process

A complete application consists of:

  • Cover letter that addresses all the minimum and any applicable preferred qualifications met for the position,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • demonstrated excellence in teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations of teaching, peer/supervisor evaluative reports on teaching),
  • 500 words describing your approach to teaching a French language course,
  • one sample syllabus,
  • a statement of research,
  • unofficial transcripts of graduate work or foreign equivalent degree, and
  • contact information for three references who will be contacted later in the search process.
  • If the PhD is not complete, a letter from your advisor indicating progress towards completion will be required.

Application Deadline

11/27/2022 11:55 PM EST

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The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic Research University with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at

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